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Panorama Trail #635


Arizona's White Mountains

Elevation: 6,750 - 7,300 feet.

Season: Late spring to early winter

Use: Moderate

Length: 8.0 miles

Difficulty: Moderate for hiking. Moderate for horses. Moderate for bikes.

Attractions and Considerations: Panorama is a relatively level eight-mile trail of moderate difficulty. The long stretch of trail between the trailhead and Porter Tank is a well-worn two track road. Most of the trail is narrow to medium-width and rocky.

The trail begins along Forest Road 206. It then meanders through ponderosa pine and pinon-juniper woodland, passing by Porter and South Tanks. There are excellent views of the surrounding countryside and on a clear day, as far away as Flagstaff's San Francisco Peaks. A climb to either one of the Twin Knolls will also be rewarded with excellent scenic views.

Access: Access and trailhead location: From Lakeside Ranger Station drive .2 miles on AZ 260 towards McNary. Turn left on Porter Mountain Road (FR 45). Drive 6.0 miles towards Vernon. Trailhead is on Forest Road 206.

Suggestions: Bring Your Own Water!
Trail Markers:
Y(ellow)=Short Loop
T(urquoise)=Trail Marker

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For more information, please feel free to contact:

  • TRACKS, c/o Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, Parks & Recreation Dept., 1360 N. Niels Hansen Road, Lakeside, Arizona 85929, Telephone: (928) 368-6700
  • USDA Forest Service, Lakeside Ranger District at 928.368.5111 or you may write us at 2022 W. White Mtn. Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona 85935